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Ference signs four-year deal with Oilers

Jul 5, 2013, 12:21 PM EDT

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Squeezed out of Boston, veteran defenseman Andrew Ference is returning to his native Edmonton.

Ference has signed a four-year, $13 million contract with the Oilers, who will be hoping the 34-year-old will bring defensive responsibility and leadership to a young, talent-laden team that badly needs to step out of rebuilding mode.

Ference won a Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 2011, but with the salary cap falling to $64.3 million and young d-men Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug and Matt Bartkowski expected to be regulars in the Boston lineup next season, his departure was no surprise.

  1. pepper2011 - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Good luck Ference, Thanks for the seven or so years of hard work, consistency and leadership. Edmonton just got themselves a heck of a player.

  2. dboldave - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Sad to see him go, he was a great veteran with Boston and I hope he does well in Edmonton.

  3. budzo83 - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Good guy to have in the room and a pretty solid stay-at-home D-man, but he’s a pretty brutal skater and he’ll be under contract with the Oil until he’s 38… I don’t think he is the best option for a lineup that is young and mobile, but they are very thin on the blueline and don’t really have the luxury of being to discerning at this point. At least Ference is serviceable and will give 100% every night…. Although I’m not sure why the Edmonton didn’t take a look at Keaton Ellerby.

  4. drewsylvania - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Happy trails Ference. We won’t miss the blue-line turnovers, but we will miss the grit and attitude.

  5. titansbro - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    So long Andrew Ference. One of my fave players in Boston.

  6. amityvillefun - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Thanks for being a part of our city Andrew and for being a real team guy. Your contributions won’t be forgotten… Best of luck to you and your family!

    Great team guy. Edmonton should be very happy with this pick up.

  7. kfrase99 - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Great player, great guy, great neighbor. Perfect destination for him to go home and help mentor some young guns. Best of luck to Andy and the Oilers (and go B’s)!

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